Author Archives for Stanford Blood Center

Type B: Passionate, Excitable, Creative Types

April 15, 2011 2:45 pm Published by Comments Off on Type B: Passionate, Excitable, Creative Types

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Type B+ blood is found in about 8.5% of people in our population, and B- is found in only 1.5%. Type B red blood cells...


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Become a Blood Donor

April 13, 2011 1:55 pm Published by Comments Off on Become a Blood Donor

  Guest post by Susan Ipaktchian, originally published on Scope, Stanford University School of Medicine’s blog. Do you know your blood type? I was surprised when many of my friends and family members said they didn’t know theirs. But here’s...


Sit. Stay. Donate.

April 7, 2011 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Sit. Stay. Donate.

By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center In speaking with Dr. Sean Owens about the transfusion department he heads at UC Davis, I found they have a similar blood donation operation to Stanford Blood Center. They go to...


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Is This My Ministry?

April 4, 2011 9:45 am Published by Comments Off on Is This My Ministry?

Below, blood donor Amy Zucker Morgenstern writes about why she began giving blood, some struggles she’s experienced along the way, and how she’ll insist on continuing despite these obstacles. According to the Stanford Blood Center, I’m a gallon donor. But...


Our Donors Are in Good Hands

March 31, 2011 1:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Our Donors Are in Good Hands

Tweet By Erin Crager, Marketing Intern, Stanford Blood Center When you meet Training Supervisor Mary Hayes, it’s no surprise that Stanford Blood Center (SBC) Collections personnel (nurses and medical assistants) are some of the best trained in the industry. They...


The George Bailey Effect

March 29, 2011 11:59 am Published by Comments Off on The George Bailey Effect

Tweet After pregnancy complications in the spring of 2000 required Lauren Larsen be transfused with 200+ units of blood, she embarked on her current direction as a crusader for volunteer blood donations. In this role she has spoken at more...


Iron (Fe) & the 56-day Deferral

March 25, 2011 1:40 pm Published by Comments Off on Iron (Fe) & the 56-day Deferral

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center The 56-day interval between whole blood donations is not just to build up our red blood cell (RBC) and hemoglobin levels again but also to...


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Give Yourself Away

March 23, 2011 12:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Give Yourself Away

The following piece by blood donor Kathy Harris is something she voluntarily wrote following her very first blood donation. Please be sure to share it with your friends who are not yet blood donors as a bit of encouragement to...


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Celebrate: Donate!

March 21, 2011 11:29 am Published by Comments Off on Celebrate: Donate!

By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center Each morning, David Polnaszek gets up, changes into his Stanford Blood Center (SBC) hoodie, something he earned upon his tenth donation last year, and takes an hour-long walk around his neighborhood....


The Perfection of Red Blood Cells

March 18, 2011 11:15 am Published by Comments Off on The Perfection of Red Blood Cells

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Red Blood Cells (RBCs) have some particularly unusual characteristics for a cell. For one, they have a biconcave shape, giving both sides a “scooped-in” appearance....